May 17th, 2009
11:03 AM ET
14 years ago

Boehner: Obama beginning to learn how difficult it is to govern

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="The president has a tough job to do, House Minority Leader John Boehner said Sunday on CNN's State of the Union."]
WASHINGTON (CNN) – As President Barack Obama’s young administration settles in after marking its first 100 days, House Minority Leader John Boehner said the popular Democrat is seeing the difference between life on the campaign trail and life in the Oval Office as the nation’s commander in chief.

“The president has a tough job to do,” the Ohio Republican said Sunday on CNN’s State of the Union. “I think he’s beginning to learn how difficult it is to govern. It’s one thing to campaign and to make statements. But when it comes to governing there’ve got to be much more pragmatic decisions. We’ve seen the president make several of those lately.”

Boehner’s remarks came just days after the Obama administration reversed its position about the release of pictures allegedly showing abuse of detainees in U.S. military custody and announced its plans to reinstitute a system of military commissions to try detainees that Obama suspended soon after taking office.

soundoff (110 Responses)
  1. Ivan

    bonehead is a typical repugnican. All share a shallow, hateful, narrow minded collective ego. This guy is all that plus an oily looking (think Jindal) appearance.

    May 17, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  2. The Broker.

    How? He has done nothing. "A Govener", is a driving force of an Electric system. Borack Obama. blew a fuse months ago.

    May 17, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  3. KYLE

    Boehner is just another disgruntled Republican who thinks he's royalty. Moron.

    May 17, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  4. Jadie

    John Boehner is just another Republican who thinks he's next to GOD.

    May 17, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  5. David

    Twit on a stick!

    May 17, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  6. D. Tree

    “The president has a tough job to do,”

    Then why do you insist on making it harder? America deserves better, we need a 2/3 majority of Dems if we want to get things done.

    May 17, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  7. LouAz

    One interview gets four individual stories ? Do you get paid by the inch ? Is Boehner so profound that each statement warrants it's own distinct story ? This smells like FOX Noise.

    May 17, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  8. Larry

    Democrats think that "good" government is freebies and entitlements and the government "thinking" and making decisions for you and your family--personal responsibility is so hard isn't it.

    May 17, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  9. David Newport, OR

    The Obama administration has done more in 100 days than the GOP in 8 years. Sad...but true.

    May 17, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  10. The Mamba

    "The president is learning how difficult it is to govern" – How arrogant!! Apparently Boehner has not learned how difficult it is to keep his orange face out of the public eye when he has nothing of substance to say. This president has accomplished more good in a few short months than Dubya did in all his eight unfortunate years. (Was that considered "governing"?) Go back to your tanning bed, Boehner, and shut up. Looks to me like you have black-skin envy.....

    May 17, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
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